Hazard Says Madrid Transfer Talks Started 3 Years Ago

Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyGolder’s News And Sport

Belgian superstar Eden Hazard has revealed transfer talks with Real Madrid started “two or three years ago” and Chelsea rejected a move he wanted after the 2018 World Cup.

The comments came during an interview with French newspaper ‘LEquipe’ where Hazard, 28, spoke about his move to Los Blancos this summer and his seven years at Chelsea saying: “I could have signed with them (Real Madrid) before.

“It was not frustrating not signing for Real Madrid sooner. I have always done well. When I was at Lille, there already existed the possibility but I wanted to try England because it was easier than Spain. I was only 21 at the time.”

Hazard went on the say that talks with Real Madrid started “two or three years ago when I got injured with my national team. I wanted to come (to Madrid) after the 2018 World Cup but Chelsea said ‘no’.

“I did not want to leave Chelsea on bad terms either. I have always been on good terms with my clubs.”

Hazard explained playing for Real Madrid “was my dream” saying: “As a young kid it was always the club to support. Zidane was my idol. When I saw the stadium on television, it was magical. The white shirt was flawless.”

When asked about the possibility of signing for Paris Saint-Germain after they also showed interest in signing the winger several times Hazard said: “I always told them no.

“For me, it was very clear in my head. If I go back to France, it will be to Lille.”

Hazard has made 11 appearances for Real Madrid, four of them in Champions League, and has scored one goal in La Liga against Granada in a 4-2 victory for Los Blancos in early October.

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